First Lines Friday – 19th February 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

This is the next book on my To Be Read list and I am excited to get started reading it. The author sent me a paperback copy in exchange for an honest review.

On the eve of the trip, I tossed and turned on my farting air mattress and worried. Visions of attacking crocodiles and venomous snakes weaseled into my brain. The empty house echoed around our sleeping bags laid out alongside small piles of clothes. Two years of planning had come down to this. Every possession sold. Jobs put on hold. Long goodbyes over. Are we ready for this?

And the book is…

Those were the first words from Adventures by Chicken Bus – An Unschooling Odyssey Through Central America by Janet LoSole.


Embarking on a homeschooling field trip to Central America is stressful enough, but add in perilous bridge crossings, trips to the hospital, and a lack of women’s underwear, and you have the makings of an Adventure by Chicken Bus. Buckling under a mountain of debt, Janet LoSole and her family are at their wits’ end. Determined to make a drastic change, they sell all worldly possessions and hit the road. With only a few items of clothing, a four-person tent, and little else, the family visits a sleepy island backwater in Costa Rica to save endangered sea turtles. In Panama, they bounce around like turnips in the back of a vegetable truck to reach an isolated monkey sanctuary. In Guatemala, they scale the ancient Mayan temples of Tikal. In between tales of begging rides from total strangers and sleeping overnight in the jungle with an indigenous family, Janet endorses community-based travel–supporting local businesses and favoring public transportation called chicken buses. She also writes candidly about what it takes to travel long-term with two little girls amid the chaos of border crossings, erratic drivers, and creepy crawlies lurking at the edge of the jungle. 

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